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Why Was The Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Dropped?

Giorgio D'Antonio

The Reasons Behind Why The Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack Was Dropped.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: call received

There always seems to be a buzz around Apple’s new iPhone releas­es. Hordes of Apple loy­al­ists flock­ing to stores and wait­ing in long lines, in des­per­ate antic­i­pa­tion. So it’s no sur­prise that the new iPhone had a sim­i­lar fuss this year.

But what’s the added val­ue this time around? The ques­tion to ask is not what they added, rather, what they removed. The head­phone jack. That shiny lit­tle 3.5 mm hole we’ve become so accus­tomed to see­ing.

It’s just like Apple to do some­thing like this. Do some­thing coura­geous on their part that’s total­ly out­side our com­fort zone, in lieu of a supe­ri­or expe­ri­ence. Steve Jobs would be hap­py know­ing Apple was fol­low­ing in his foot­steps.

So is hav­ing the head­phone jack removed a big loss?  It absolute­ly isn’t. It’s been there since they got rid of the 30-pin dock con­nec­tor, but just not for head­phones.

What’s included.

The box comes with a stan­dard set of wired head­phones with a light­ning con­nec­tor. If you’ve got your own set you’d rather use, there’s a lightning-to-3.5mm adap­tor includ­ed in the box. Anoth­er option is a light­ning dock that would allow you to charge and use your head­phones simul­ta­ne­ous­ly, with one avail­able from Apple and a more cheap­er option on Ama­zon.

In addi­tion to the dock, Belkin makes a dual-light­ning adap­tor that will allow you to plug in both a light­ning charg­er and light­ning head­phones.

Oth­er fea­tures include enhanced per­for­mance from the new fusion chip, and supe­ri­or video qual­i­ty, among oth­ers. And let’s not for­get the new iOS 10, the world’s most advanced mobile oper­at­ing sys­tem.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: air pods

The iPhone 7 comes with stan­dard head­phones con­nect­ed via the light­ning con­nec­tor, but the new air­pods will change every­thing.

Robust design, and similar in style to older generations.

Remem­ber the mois­ture detec­tor in old­er iPhone mod­els? Apple has achieved IP67-grade resis­tance to dust and water which han­dles casu­al, acci­den­tal immer­sion.

No head­phone jack means none of the com­mon wear and dam­age from long 3.5mm plug use. Instead, the Light­ning con­nec­tor pro­vides sol­id, uni­ver­sal con­nec­tions for head­phones, data trans­fer, and charg­ing.

Apple Engi­neers have also improved the home but­ton so it doesn’t wear out. Employ­ing a touch sen­si­tive but­ton with hap­tic feed­back, it’s non-mechan­i­cal now.

Loud­er audio with stereo speak­ers, increased dura­bil­i­ty, and addi­tion­al case col­or choic­es help dif­fer­en­ti­ate it from pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions (basic black is a great new choice) with a few refine­ments in the aes­thet­ics around the cam­era and inter­nal anten­na.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: 3.5mm adaptor

Still want to con­nect your 3.5 mm jack? The iPhone comes with a lightning-to-3.5mm adap­tor for use with stan­dard head­phones.

Accurate color, upgraded speed and storage on the new iPhone 7.

The phys­i­cal size hasn’t changed, but improve­ment in dis­play qual­i­ty means bet­ter movies and pho­to dis­play. In con­junc­tion with the four-core proces­sor, you can actu­al­ly edit video with a crit­i­cal eye.

The dis­play is 25% brighter and less reflec­tive, and it sup­ports the DCI-P3 gamut like the iPad Pro, so it real­ly is a phone-sized alter­na­tive for cre­ative work.

Dou­bling RAM to 2 GB (and with base stor­age now dou­ble, start­ing at 32 GB) and adding 50% more CPU per­for­mance helps ful­fill that promise. Two of the four CPU cores save large amounts of pow­er when engaged.

An increase in the 4G modem speed from 300 Mbit to 450 Mbit helps stream­ing con­tent keep up in mar­kets where net­works sup­port it. Mod­els run about $100 more than sim­i­lar stor­age capac­i­ty iPhone 6 ver­sions, start­ing at $649 for 32 GB and rang­ing up to $849 for 256 GB. A 32 GB iPhone 7 Plus starts at $769.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: sleek colors

A basic black col­or option makes for a sleek look.

The iPhone 7 camera as an alternative to DSLR’s.

The giant bill­boards dis­play­ing iPhone pho­tos show­case the camera’s abil­i­ty in pre­vi­ous mod­els, but Apple has even more to offer now.

An upgrad­ed 12 MP front cam­era with a six-ele­ment f1.8 lens and opti­cal image sta­bi­liza­tion, great in low-light per­for­mance. Now there’s even less rea­son to car­ry a pock­et cam­era along with the iPhone 7.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: best camera

The new­ly improved cam­era on the iPhone 7, a pow­er­ful jug­ger­naut.

The new dual-tone flash helps in indoor and evening pho­tog­ra­phy as well. The 7 Plus adds dual rear cam­eras with opti­cal zoom capa­bil­i­ty and a wider depth of field. With iOS 10.1, the Plus can take por­trait mode pho­tos as well.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: dual cameras

Dual camera’s on the iPhone 7 Plus pro­vide supe­ri­or capa­bil­i­ty.

Battery life on the new iPhone 7 still needs improvement from Apple.

Bat­tery life gets a small boost in the iPhone 7. Charg­ing meth­ods also remain the same, with nei­ther fast nor wire­less charg­ing avail­able. This means long flights will have you plugged in at air­ports longer, or bet­ter yet, car­ry a portable charg­er.

Apple iPhone 7

Vivid col­ors on the iPhone make for a beau­ti­ful dis­play.

Features of the Apple iOS 10.1 operating system.

An overview from Forbes mag­a­zine men­tions fifty cool fea­tures which arrived in iOS 10, and 10.1 fol­lowed just over a month lat­er with Techradar not­ing even more nice-to-have’s.

Many of the changes improve usabil­i­ty such as sim­ple mes­sage reads, improved pho­to orga­ni­za­tion through facial recog­ni­tion in pic­tures. 10.1 also adds, using the dual rear cam­era of the 7 Plus, a por­trait mode pho­to capa­bil­i­ty.

Users can also expect 3D touch and oth­er fea­tures to con­tin­ue evolv­ing with iOS 10.1.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: the full package

The Apple arse­nal. All seam­less­ly inte­grat­ed with each oth­er.

Apple competitors justified upgrades on the iPhone 7.

New fea­tures from HTC, LG, and Sam­sung  con­stant­ly keep pres­sure on Apple. Sam­sung has been a cam­era leader for some time, but the iPhone 7 may have recap­tured that lead.

It’s true that the iPhone 7 still lags behind some Android mod­els, espe­cial­ly in bat­tery life, screen res­o­lu­tion, and being very late to the par­ty with water resis­tance.

For­mer Android users who are enjoy­ing their iPhone 6 mod­els will find many new rea­sons to upgrade to an iPhone 7.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: water proof

A new­ly added fea­ture on the 7, water immer­sion resis­tance.


More in line with Apple’s Pro-lev­el tablet tech­nolo­gies, espe­cial­ly in video qual­i­ty and col­or accu­ra­cy, the iPhone 7 is a pow­er­ful tool for pro­fes­sion­als.

Noth­ing beats hav­ing pock­et-sized pow­er that’s portable, with a ready-when-you-are way to work, play, and cap­ture moments in stun­ning col­or and res­o­lu­tion.

I find that, with the iPhone 7, it is at my beck and call, help­ing me com­mu­ni­cate and cre­ate with­out ever com­pro­mis­ing.

Apple iPhone 7 Headphone Jack: vivid colors

A supe­ri­or qual­i­ty cam­era allows for stun­ning shots.

Pic­tures cour­tesy of Forbes, Busi­ness Insid­er and Apple.

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